Contents: Foreword. Introduction. 1. Grebes: Podicipedidae. 2. Pelicans: Pelecanidae. 3. Cormorants and Darter: Phalacrocoracidae. 4. Herons and Bitterns: Ardeidae. 5. Storks: Ciconiidae. 6. Cranes: Gruidae. 7. Ibises and Spoonbill: Threskiornithidae. 8. Flamingo: Phoenicopteridae. 9. Geese and Ducks: Anatidae. 10. Kites, Hawks, Eagles, Vultures and Allies: Accipitridae. 11. Falcons: Flaconidae. 12. Partridges, quail and pheasants: Phasianidae. 13. Bustard-Quail: Turnicidae. 14. Rails, crakes, gallinules and allies: Rallidae. 15. Bustards: Otididae. 16. Jacanas: Jacanidae. 17. Oystercatcher: Haematopodidae. 18. Waders: Charadriidae. 19. Painted Snipe: Rostratulidae. 20. Avocet and Allies: Recurvirostridae. 21. Thick knees: Burhinidae. 22. Courser and Pratincoles: Glareolidae. 23. Gulls and Terns: Laridae. 24. Sandgrouse: Pteroclidae. 25. Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae. 26. Parakeets: Psittacidae. 27. Cuckoos: Cuculidae. 28. Owls: Tytonidae and Strigidae. 29. Nightjars: Caprimulgidae. 30. Trogons: Trogonidae. 31. Rollers: Coraciidae. 32. Hoopoe: Upupidae. 33. Kingfishers: Alcedinidae. 34. Bee-Eaters: Meropidae. 35. Hornbills: Bucerotidae. 36. Barbets: Capitonidae. 37. Honeyguide: Indicatoridae. 38. Woodpeckers: Picidae. 39. Broadbills: Eurylaimidae. 40. Pittas: Pittidae. 41. Larks: Alaudidae. 42. Swifts: Apodidae. 43. Swallows and martins: Hirundinidae. 44. Shrikes: Laniidae. 45. Orioles: Oriolidae. 46. Drongos: Dicruridae. 47. Wood-swallows: Artamidae. 48. Starlings and mynas: sturnidae. 49. Crows and allies: corvidae. 50. Minivets and allies: campephagidae. 51. Waxwings: Bombycillidae. 52. Leaf birds and allies: Irenidae. 53. Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae. 54. Babblers, laughing-thrushes and allies: Timaliidae. 55. Flycatchers: muscicapidae. 56. Warblers: Sylviidae. 57. Thrushes, chats and allies: turdidae. 58. Wren: troglodytidae. 59. Dippers: Cinclidae. 60. Accentors: Prunellidae. 61. Titmice: Paridae. 62. Nuthatches: sittidae. 63. Three creepers: Certhiidae. 64. Pipits and wagtails: motacillidae. 65. Flowerpeckers: Dicaeidae. 66. Sunbirds: nectariniidae. 67. White-eye: zosteropidae. 68. Sparrows and weaver birds: ploceidae. 69. Finches and allies: Fringillidae. 70. Buntings: emberizidae. 71. Additions. 72. Bibliography. Appendices: 1. Kashmir birds. 2. Sikkim birds. Index of scientific names. Index and check list of English names.
"Birds of Nepal describes, in field guide form, nearly a tenth of the known birds in the world. Over 1,000 individuals are shown, all in color, representing 753 species. All data on the birds are given on the page facing the illustrations to facilitate quick identifications. This is the first time this important format has been used to cover an exclusively Asian area. There are 152 color plates in the book.
Besides synthesizing known information, Birds of Nepal, Fourth impression, incorporates new data and this book, besides being a valuable guide, is also an important scientific contribution to ornithological literature.
Field data have been taken, in part, from extensive notes of a remarkable father-son ornithological team. The Flemings have seen, in the field, 97% of the birds illustrated in this book.
Birds of Nepal is essentially a 35-year-summary of bird study in this spectacular country.
The usefulness of the book extends to all Himalayan regions; Kashmir and Sikkim are particularly stressed as all birds known from these two areas are either pictured or described. In addition, Kathmandu Valley, with over 400 species recorded, is emphasized.
Birds of Nepal is an indispensable guide for anyone visiting the magnificent Himalayas as well as a help in many other parts of Asia." (jacket)